Cypriot Small bronze bowl with handles: Cypro-Geometric III 900-750BC

Small bronze bowl with handles

A copper-alloy hemispherical bowl with slightly flattened base; the two arched handles cast and each fixed with 5 rivets to the bowl with floral knops to tops. Although the flower decorations on the handles are not the typical lotus buds seen on several Cypriot bowls of this period the figure of eight handle attachments are typical, and a Cypriot origin seems the most likely. There is one similar bowl found in Syria, but that might have been a Cypriot export. Despite the dominance of iron for weapons and tools, copper production had picked up, and bronze continued to be the preferred material for luxuries such as this, which were also exported. Complete in good condition. 321 grams



Size: 19.5cm

(Ex the property of a London gentleman; formerly in UK collection, acquired in the 1970s; accompanied by a detailed academic report.)

(Aquired Timeline Auctions, UK)

DJ 191 (Annex 174)